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Vice president for advancement resigns

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Pamela K. Tieszen, Bethel College vice president for advancement, has submitted her resignation, effective Dec. 31.

She will become superintendent for Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Mennonite School.

Tieszen took the position at Bethel in July 2014, after six years as superintendent and principal at Freeman (South Dakota) Academy, where she had also taught science, social studies and physical education and coached several sports for a number of years.

Tieszen has an A.A. degree from Freeman Junior College and a B.A. from Jamestown (North Dakota) College. She earned her M.A. in leadership in education from the University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and has a dissertation in process toward a doctorate in education (leadership focus) from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“I have appreciated Pam’s leadership and work in our advancement office over the past two-and-a-half years,” said Bethel President Perry D. White. “She has worked quickly and effectively to learn the art of fundraising while managing a good deal of change in personnel, processes and technology within the office during her short time with us.

“We will begin work immediately to identify interim leadership in that office for the second half of our fiscal year, and will begin our search to fill the permanent position soon.”

“It’s been a privilege to be part of Bethel College, from the caring faculty and staff who educate the whole person, to the deeply devoted donor base who support Mennonite values in an integrated education,” Tieszen said. “I also benefited from these relationships and hospitable environment and I’m grateful Bethel College has been part of my journey.”

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016'17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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